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24:2015 Exhibition - Soho Square

Exhibition preview

TWELVE years ago 24 photographers set out on an ambitious journey: to document New Year’s Day for the next 24 years.

To begin, each was allocated one hour of the day during which to record what was going on around them. But the project did not stop there. This was a project that was to last 24 years, with each photographer progressing one hour every year, so that at the end of 24 years, there will be 24 sets of images from New Year’s Day. Or 576 images.

The exhibition, which continues until March 19, features a number of critically acclaimed artists from across the globe and the group draws on a wide variety of experience and talent. Not only that, but this year Bridget Coaker, night picture editor at the Guardian and co-founder of Troika editions, has curated this 12th anniversary show.

The original 24 photographers met while studying on a postgraduate photography course at Central St Martin’s in London. Although their various careers have all led them down different paths they reunite to continue towards their goal.

Six prints from the project have been auctioned off in aid of Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity working to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. They went under the hammer on the day of the private view (February 28) at a special event at Soho House, just a stone’s throw away from the exhibition in Soho Square.

Curator Bridget Coaker said: “When I first heard about 24photography I thought what a great idea, I do hope they manage to keep the momentum going. Now in its 12th year this group of dedicated photographers are still going out in all weathers and all hours to capture something that shows something of the first day of each New Year. Their commitment to the project is inspiring.”

Claire Spreadbury, founder of 24photography, said: “The exhibition is going from strength to strength and now in our twelfth year we’ve really developed an identity and feel that we’re an established part of London’s art calendar. New Year’s Day is an exciting time of the year, and we hope that 24 captures some of that excitement, but also gives a little glimpse into the rest of the day after the celebrations and parties. The exhibition in Soho Square allows us to share that with everyone.”

Previous exhibitions have proved extremely successful with the group displaying their work in unusual but accessible locations (the fountains of Trafalgar Square, the SS Robin in Docklands, AOP, Greenwich Park, Golden Square and Berkeley Square to name just a few).

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 9am to 5pm.